In the Middle Ages, Wigan was an important market town. It was long noted for the manufacture of pottery and pewter and for bell founding. There were ironworks in the 19th cent. Wigan is thought to have been the site of the Roman station Coccium. Its Church of All Saints has a Norman tower.
Town and metropolitan borough (pop., 2001: 301,417), northwestern Greater Manchester, historic county of Lancashire, England. It lies along the River Douglas and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Coal was mined from the 14th century, and textiles were produced in the area as early as the 16th century. Industrialization in the late 18th century was accelerated by the building of canals and railways. Textiles have declined in importance, and the last coal mine closed in 1993. New industries, including food processing, paper and packaging, and electrical engineering, have broadened the economy. Tourism was spurred by George Orwell's treatise The Road to Wigan Pier.
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Until November 1964 Ince was also served by a station at Lower Ince on the line from Wigan Central to Glazebrook (to the now closed Manchester Central).
Ince "suffered" in the 1960's and 1970's from much house clearance and landscaping. This has resulted in low passenger usage for the station which served an area which was (until the 1960's) a bustling independent town. Ince (unlike Daisy Hill and Hindley, and other stations on the line) is not a commuter dormitory suburb and now the station is sadly deserted even at peak times (see usage figures right). There has recently, however, been a "slight rally" with usage figures increasing by around 10%. What does not help matters is that only certain services to Manchester via the Atherton line generally stop at Ince, and not (outside the peak) services to Bolton, a popular shopping centre.
As mentioned above, the station is served only by certain trains on the Wigan to Manchester routes - currently there is an hourly service in each direction to Manchester Victoria & Rochdale and to Kirkby (Wigan during the evenings) respectively . A small number of morning & evening weekday peak services to and from Bolton also call.
There is no Sunday service.